A successful launch from a NASA spaceport in eastern Virginia is a pivotal moment for Virginia and the commercial space industry.
The unmanned rocket blasted off from Wallops Island Sunday afternoon.
With the test flight, Orbital Sciences Corporation moved one step closer to resupplying the International Space Station from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.
Jack Kennedy is the Clerk of Circuit Court in Wise County, and a member of the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority. He witnessed Sunday's launch at Wallops Island, and spoke with us via Skype.
"We saw a moment in commercial space history that will only come once in a lifetime," Kennedy told us Monday afternoon." Yesterday, a gateway, a new transportation route, opened in Virginia to space, literally."
The next flight will actually carry cargo to the International Space Station. It's currently scheduled to lift off from Wallops Island in late June or early July.